DIY Dorm craft: picture frame

On-campus housing is THE worst for decorating. Even if you can get something stuck to the brick walls with duct tape and a prayer, you’ll have to take it all down at the end of the year and carry it somewhere else. Determined to hang something pretty on my walls, I decided to make my own picture frames using cardboard and some fabric I got at a thrift store for $1.

These are great for several reasons:

  1. They’re cheap (Yayyy, college budgets!)
  2. You can make them any size, shape, or pattern you want.
  3. They’re easy to take down, move, or store…
  4. And if you do break one, it’s not a big deal.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Cardboard (you can also use cereal boxes)
  2. Ruler
  3. Ink pen
  4. Scissors
  5. Fabric or paper of your choice
  6. Hot glue gun

Trace and cut your frame, measuring each side to make sure they’re even.


Cut a piece of fabric large that is bigger than your frame (it needs to be able to wrap around the back enough so that the cardboard is completely covered). Start cutting the material inside the frame until you get to the edge of the cardboard.


I cut the material into strips and glued each one down.

Tada! I also made a circle frame by tracing the base of a round container and measuring one inch around the circumference for the outer edge of the frame. Rather than use personal photos, I traced silhouettes onto paper I painted with red watercolor.



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